Aides: GOP make offer on Zika holdup; Dems welcome move
WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say Republicans are proposing to drop a restriction on Zika-fighting money for Planned Parenthood as negotiators try to reach a deal and adjourn Congress for the fall campaign.
Democrats are welcoming the move. It would address their chief complaint to a GOP plan intended to combat the mosquito-borne virus.
The money would be added to must-pass legislation intended to prevent a government shutdown.
The plan by Senate GOP negotiators would allow Zika money in Puerto Rico to be distributed to some clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood - a group many Republicans dislike because of the abortion services it provides.
The congressional aides weren't authorized to public discuss the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.